1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love, in these verses, is contrasted with the attitude in vs. 1-3.

suffers long (v.4) — the antithesis of anger — self-restraint in the face of provocation — calm, without petulance  — a passive quality

kind (v.4) — doing good, benefiting — an active quality

envy (v.4) — wanting to deprive another of what he has and wanting the same thing for one’s self

parade (v.4) — make a show of supposed superiority

puffed up (v.4) — demonstrate pride

rudely (v.5) — bad mannered

does not seek its own (v.5) — doesn’t pursue its own interests or insist on its own rights

is not provoked (v.5) — isn’t angered — good natured (“easily” in the KJV is not in the Greek)

thinks no evil (v.5) = doesn’t take evil into account — doesn’t resent or hold grudges

does not rejoice in iniquity (v.6) — doesn’t find joy in the wrongdoing of others

bears (v.7) — supports what is placed upon it and covers what is placed under it

believes all things (v.7) — thinks the best of another, imputes good motives, even to unkindness, when there is any room for doubt

hopes (v.7) — expects the best …

endures (v.7) — even in the face of repeated disappointment.

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